Chronic Care Management Specialist

Adult Care of Austin, PA

Internal Medicine Physicians located in Austin, TX

At Adult Care of Austin in Austin, Texas, the experienced medical team is well-equipped to help you manage a chronic disease diagnosis. Steven Dobberfuhl, MD and Allen Sonstein, MD offer comprehensive chronic disease management monitoring services, with a focus on geriatric conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and incontinence. You can rely on the knowledge and expertise of the medical team to keep you comfortable and help you cope with your disease diagnosis. Learn more about the progressive care options available by scheduling a consultation online or by calling the office.

Chronic Care Management Q & A

What is involved in chronic disease management?

Dr.Dobberfuhl and Dr. Sonstein take an integrated approach to helping you manage chronic, long-term illnesses. Their goal is to reduce the occurrence and severity of your symptoms and ensuring you’re functioning optimally and have a high quality of life.

At Adult Care of Austin, you can receive a variety of services including:

  • Health screenings
  • Checkups
  • Condition monitoring
  • Patient education

They also can coordinate treatment with other specialists when necessary to improve your quality of life.

Services are available for young adults, starting at age 15, and extends to those in need of frequent geriatric care.

What treatments are available for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disease and one of the most common forms of dementia, a condition that includes a group of symptoms.

Though there is no cure for either condition or an effective way to slow the progress of the condition, Dr. Dobberfuhl and Dr. Sonstein can take a proactive approach to relieving symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Treatments may include medications to improve memory, therapies to manage behavioral changes, and treatments to help improve sleep quality.

Dr. Dobberfuhl and Dr. Sonstein can also offer strategies to help you and your family members cope with the daily stressors of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia symptoms.

How is incontinence diagnosed?

Incontinence is a chronic condition that involves a loss of control over your bladder or bowel that results in the leakage of fecal matter or urine.

Dr. Sonstein and Dr. Dobberfuhl discuss your medical history and any issues that may be responsible for causing incontinence issues, such as use of certain medications, underlying medical conditions, or hormone changes.

They can also perform a physical exam, checking for abnormalities in the bowel and bladder by gently pressing on your internal organs. If they suspect an internal issue with the functionality of your bowel or bladder, Dr. Sonstein and Dr. Dobberfuhl may recommend an imaging test, such as an ultrasound.

What treatments are available for incontinence?

Treatment options depend on the type of incontinence you have and how severe your symptoms are. Dr. Dobberfuhl and Dr. Sonstein may recommend medications to improve symptoms of incontinence. They may also recommend bladder strengthening exercises and changes to your diet.

In some cases, bowel or bladder dysfunction may need surgery to repair obstructions or structural issues.

To learn more about successfully managing bowel or bladder incontinence, schedule an appointment online or by calling the Austin office directly.